CBS host John Dickerson said Friday that the media is responsible for ruining its own reputation, not President Donald Trump.
Dickerson, the political director of CBS News and anchor of “Face the Nation,” was speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt when he made the comment, Mediaite reported.
Hewitt and Dickerson were discussing Trump’s press conference on Thursday, during which he repeatedly attacked the media’s credibility.
“But that one comment, ‘They don’t trust you anymore,’ is a summation of where we are in America,” Hewitt said. “Because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country. They’ve lost it.”
Hewitt asked if it is true that there is no confidence in America’s media elite.
“Yes, it’s true, and it’s not because of anything obviously Donald Trump did,” Dickerson said. “The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own and we can have a long conversation about what created that.”
Dickerson went on to say that the press had overhyped many little stories about Trump, leading to many other reports not being viewed with much credibility by the American people. The CBS host also said that the media must represent the American people to the president when asking questions.
A recent poll by Emerson College found that more people in the U.S. trust Trump than the media.